'Zip' gets new lock at NBC


"Zip" is back in contention at NBC.

NBC has handed out a cast-contingent pilot order to the Universal Media Studios/Reveille project, which was originally developed last season when it was picked up by the network as a pilot directed by Dan Attias and starring Rob Huebel.

Written by Mark Rizzo, Marc Abrams and Michael Benson, "Zip" revolves around "have nots" living in a ZIP code full of "haves."

NBC's previous regime passed on the pilot in May. When Reveille's Ben Silverman joined the network as co-chairman in June, he put the project back in development.

Rizzo, Abrams and Benson penned a new script, which is getting a cast-contingent green light. Richard Shepard is set to direct the new pilot, which is exec produced by Abrams and Benson. Rizzo is serving as supervising producer.

"Zip" is one of two Reveille/UMS comedy pilots at NBC, along with "Kath & Kim," which also is casting.